HERE COMES THE SUN – The world’s most advanced baby carrier system. With its amazing easy-to-use features, improved ergonomics, elegant and intuitive design, the Beco Soleil (pronounced sol-ay) Baby Carrier System is the answer to all of what modern parents are looking for. Green Kids is thrilled to announce the arrival of the latest and best addition to the Beco Baby Carrier range – Soleil.
Designed by a babywearing parent, active sailor and rock climber, Gabby Caperon. Beco combines perfect ergonomics, excellent weight distribution and stylish design from top quality fabrics. Each carrier is handmade by a skilled seamstress in facilities which apply high social and economical standards. Sustainability and minimal impact of our production on the environment is important to us. Beco strives to provide the best quality, safe products and friendly customer service, and Green Kids is an authorised distributor for Beco in Australia.
Green Kids MONSTER MOTHER’S DAY SALE IS ON NOW - get 15% off everything in-store*, including nappies, absorbent inserts, nappy packs, multi mats, gift vouchers and more…
Quantity discounts still apply, and you will also get 15% off nappy packages, which are already discounted, so now is a great time to add to your stash, or try modern cloth nappies for the first time.
Give Mum (or Mum to be) a gift that lasts and really makes a difference to her pocket and the environment. Baby will love it too, or just spoil yourself and grab a bargain!
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15% or 20% off is available until Saturday 11 May – checkout code MUM must be used to get the 15% discount. If you have a Green Kids loyalty card, just type the loyalty card code word followed by the word MUM with no spaces to get 20% off.
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Eggs have been associated with the Christian festival of Easter, which celebrates the death and resurrection of Christ, since the early days of the church. However, Christian customs connected with Easter eggs are to some extent adaptations of ancient pagan practices related to spring rites.
The egg has long been a symbol of ‘fertility’, ‘rebirth’ and ‘the beginning’. In Egyptian mythology, the phoenix burns its nest to be reborn later from the egg that is left; Hindu scriptures relate that the world developed from an egg.
With the rise of Christianity in Western Europe, the church adapted many pagan customs and the egg, as a symbol of new life, came to represent the Resurrection. Some Christians regarded the egg as a symbol for the stone being rolled from the sepulchre.
Eggs as an Easter Gift
The earliest Easter eggs were hen or duck eggs decorated at home in bright colours with vegetable dye and charcoal. Orthodox Christians and many cultures continue to dye Easter eggs, often decorating them with flowers.
The 17th and 18th centuries saw the manufacture of egg-shaped toys, which were given to children at Easter. The Victorians had cardboard, ‘plush’ and satin covered eggs filled with Easter gifts and chocolates. The ultimate egg-shaped Easter gifts must have been the fabulous jewelled creations of Carl Fabergé made during the 19th century for the Russian Czar and Czarina, now precious museum pieces.
Chocolate Easter eggs were first made in Europe in the early 19th century, with France and Germany taking the lead in this new artistic confectionery. Some early eggs were solid, as the technique for mass-producing moulded chocolate had not been devised. The production of the first hollow chocolate eggs must have been painstaking, as the moulds were lined with paste chocolate one at a time.
Cadbury Easter Eggs
John Cadbury made his first ‘French eating Chocolate’ in 1842 but it was not until 1875 that the first Cadbury Easter Eggs were made. Progress in the chocolate Easter egg market was slow until a method was found for making the chocolate flow into the moulds.
The modern chocolate Easter egg owes its progression to the two greatest developments in the history of chocolate – the Dutch invention of a press for separating cocoa butter from the cocoa bean in 1828 and the introduction of a pure cocoa by Cadbury Brothers in 1866. The Cadbury process made large quantities of cocoa butter available and this was the secret of making moulded chocolate or indeed, any fine eating chocolate.
The earliest Cadbury chocolate eggs were made of ‘dark’ chocolate with a plain smooth surface and were filled with sugared almonds. The earliest ‘decorated eggs’ were plain shells enhanced by chocolate piping and marzipan flowers.
Decorative skill and variety bloomed and by 1893 there were 19 different lines on the Cadbury Brothers Easter list in the UK. Richard Cadbury’s artistic skill undoubtedly played an important part in the development of the Easter range. Many of his designs were based on French, Dutch and German originals adapted to Victorian tastes. Germany came up with the ‘crocodile’ finish, which by breaking up the smooth surface, disguised minor imperfections. This was the forerunner to the many distinctive finishes now available.
The launch in 1905 of Cadbury’s Dairy MilkÒ Chocolate made a tremendous contribution to the Easter egg market. The popularity of this new chocolate vastly increased sales of Easter eggs and establish them as seasonal best sellers. Today the Easter egg market is predominantly milk chocolate.
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A WAHM is a Work at Home Mum, and they are used to juggling naptime with deadlines, writing with lunch, and laundry with social networking. WAHMs can do any work at all, but they choose to work at home to better manage their mothering responsibilities and their work.
However, no matter how much of a Super Woman you are (and we know you are!) you need a plan.
Just as you have dreams for your children, you need to have a dream for where you want your business, or telecommuting job, or even your blogging career to be in five years. That goal, even if it is just a dream and a hope you hold close to your heart, is what keeps you sane during the hard times and stops you from giving up when it seems like you won’t succeed.
I know you’re busy, I’m not suggesting you create a twenty page monster of a business plan. Just take a few minutes during bath time or naptime to think about where you want what you are doing today to lead you five years from now.
You know what, five years is too far away.
How about this…decide where you would like to be six months from now. What baby steps can you take today or tomorrow to make you more successful in six months? Success doesn’t have to mean money, either. Here are four questions to ask in order to form a basic plan:
Do you want to have a better grasp of balancing your kids with your work?
Do you want to have office hours in six months?
How much can you realistically plan your day based on your children’s ages right now?
Are you looking for a different opportunity in the next six months or do you want more clients doing what you do right now?
Once you answer the questions above, you’ll find you have a greater sense of clarity about what you’re doing now and what you want to be doing in six months. Once you have that down, then you can start to think about your five-year plan.
WAHMs in Australia are now taking part in the 2013 Cloth Nappy Hunt, and this gives customers the opportunity to check out all the gorgeous designs of cloth nappies that are available. However, for the best Oz made cloth nappy, don’t forget Green Kids modern cloth nappies!
Today is International Women’s Day and there have been events and stories right across Australia & the world about women’s equality, violence against women and children, women’s education and eradicating poverty. Wouldn’t it be great if we didn’t need an International Women’s Day because the world already offered equality, education, fairness and enough food to everyone?
The Little Squirt water sprayer makes cleaning soiled nappies a breeze! Simply install it yourself in a few minutes – no special skills or tools are required. Then just squirt the nappy’s contents directly into the toilet bowl and flush – it’s that easy!! The Little Squirt is Australian made and meets all plumbing standards for your home, and comes with a full manufacturer’s warranty.
The trigger has a tamper proof system to prevent toddlers and children from getting into mischief! Once you have squirted the soiling off the nappy, simply put it into your nappy pail ready for wash day. The retained moisture and cold rinse will help prevent smells and staining and make washday a lot easier!
Please note that the Little Squirt is not suitable for hidden plumbing – your toilet tap must be visible on the wall next to the cistern to be able to attach the fittings.
Green Kids Perth consultant, Sharon Bell, will be at Perth Upmarket @ UWA Sunday 3rd March 2013, so why not drop in and say “hi” to Sharon and check out Green Kids in person?
Perth Upmarket is Perth’s premier quarterly market for original and handcrafted wares. The market brings together over 150 of Perth’s most talented artists, designers, craftsmen and gourmets all under one roof at the University of Western Australia’s Winthrop Hall. Incorporating a dedicated Junior Upmarket and Gourmet section.
Parking and entry are free and the venue is easily accessible. Three ATMs onsite.
Sunday 3rd March 2013
University of Western Australia’s Winthrop and Hackett Halls
MOST Australian parents are choosing convenience over cost and environmental concerns when it comes to nappies.
A survey by consumer group Choice shows 95 per cent of parents use disposable nappies all or some of the time despite the fact they would save up to $2000 by using cloth nappies.
On average, families spend between $1900 and $3000 on disposable nappies by the time a child is toilet trained compared with less than $1000 for cloth nappies, Choice says.
”The survey results tell us that … the majority of parents are definitely prepared to spend more on disposables because of the convenience they provide,” says Choice spokeswoman Ingrid Just. However, she expects cloth nappy usage to increase as the community becomes more aware of the cost savings and as cloth nappies become more advanced.
Christina Chiodo, from Ecocubs, a Melbourne-based cloth nappy library and online store, says she has noticed a significant increase in the number of parents choosing cloth nappies since the company launched two years ago.
She says while price and environmental concerns are driving the shift, she also believes the huge changes in cloth nappies are making them a more attractive option.
These days cloth nappies are shaped like disposable nappies with buttons or velcro and come in a range of fabrics and fashionable prints.
”I think there’s a misconception out there that they’re like the ones our parents or grandparents used and they’re fiddly and time-consuming, but these days they are much easier to clean,” says Ms Chiodo, who uses cloth nappies on her 21-month-old daughter, Poppy. ”They are also becoming very fashionable and this is becoming part of the appeal for many parents.”
Ms Chiodo and her business partner Emily Gill are working with the City of Yarra, which is running a program to educate families about the cost and environmental benefits of reusable nappies. It has been estimated that 800 million nappies end up in Australian landfill each year. Yesterday, the pair were at the Richmond Library hosting a nappy library service where parents can borrow and trial cloth nappies for a small fee subsidised by the council.